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The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is temporarily closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whenever possible, the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the USBG website for updates to operating status. Many resources can still be accessed online, including educational worksheets and manuals, fact sheets and more, and some of our programs will also be made available online. Find online resources at www.USBG.gov/AtHome

Clay's hibiscus or Kokiʻo ʻula

Hibiscus clayi
Plant Botanical Name: 
Hibiscus clayi
USBG Plant Location: 
Conservatory
Conservatory Room Location: 
Hawaii
Plant Threat Level: 
Endangered

Known as Koki`o `ula in Hawaii, Hibiscus clayi is an endangered tree endemic to the dry forests in the Nounou Mountains on the island of Kaui. Today, in large part due to livestock grazing, development and invasive plants there is only one naturally occurring population with only four individual plants. Because of habitat protection efforts and the propagation by botanic gardens, such as National Tropical Botanic Gardens, there is a slow increase in the numbers of plants found in forest preserves. Private landowners and public land managers also are working to carefully manage use of these threatened habitats.